How Does South Africa Powerball Work?
Modeled after the US Powerball, the South Africa Powerball utilizes a double matrix format. However, instead of completely copying its US counterpart, it makes use of a much smaller guess range. South Africa Powerball players must choose 5 numbers from a guess range of 1-45 and one Powerball number from a guess range of 1-20.
To win the jackpot, all 5 numbers, plus the Powerball number, must be matched. If you only match the 5 main numbers, and not the Powerball, then you win the second-tier prize. Just like other lotteries, the less numbers you match, the less money you win. Overall, there are 9 prize tiers you can win in—where the lowest requirement to win a prize is by matching only the Powerball number.
If no one wins the jackpot, it will simply rollover—and will continue to do so—until someone wins. Take note that rollovers only apply to the jackpot. For secondary prizes, they will simply roll down to the next prize tier if nobody wins. For example, if you to win the 3rd prize and nobody won the 2nd prize, the winnings simply trickle down to you.
South Africa Powerball Odds of Winning
Speaking of winning, your chances of hitting the jackpot are far better here than in bigger lotteries. You have, for instance, a 1 in 24,435,180 chance of winning the jackpot. Compared to the US Powerball and its 1 in 292,201,338 odds of winning the top prize, that’s beyond favorable! Check out the full breakdown of odd below:
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning|
|5 + Powerball||1 in 24,435,180|
|5||1 in 1,286,062|
|4 + Powerball||1 in 122,176|
|4||1 in 6,430|
|3 + Powerball||1 in 3,133|
|3||1 in 165|
|2 + Powerball||1 in 247|
|1 + Powerball||1 in 53|
|Powerball only||1 in 38|
So What Happens if You Win?
Should you be lucky enough to win in South Africa Powerball, there are some things you should take note of. For starters, all prizes are paid out in cash, so don’t expect any annuity options to be presented to you. That’s great because it means you can get all your winnings as soon as possible.
Here are some more things to take note of:
- For winnings R2,000 below: Winners may claim their prize at any South Africa National Lottery outlet one day after the draw.
- For winnings between R2,000 and R50,000: Winners may claim their prize at an authorized Prize Payment Centre, such as participating Post Offices.
- For winnings beyond R50,000: Winners may claim their prizes at a South Africa National Lottery office. Winners must also complete a claim form and provide proof of identity.
- Deadline: Winners must claim their prize within a year (or 365 days) of the draw lest their ticket become invalidated.
Take note that the guidelines above may not apply to online lottery players. Most lottery sites transfer most winnings to a player’s account, so you don’t really have to travel. Only those who win the jackpot may be asked to appear in person to collect their prize. Even then, that’s not universal—there are some lottery sites that offer to collect your prize on your behalf.